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Im always fascinated by some reviewers need to explain to me in painful detail what my ears will be hearing, and how i should interpret what Im hearing.
great show, love seeing garcia so animated in the videos
Subject: The whole thing
good show, you should watch the video; truly great in so many ways...what it was like to see a show before the 80's:
grateful phishmon -
Subject: Good stuff for 78
The band rocks hard on Loser, Bertha, Good Lovin', Truckin', Wharf Rat, Around, and U.S. Blues. My favorites are the jam songs, of course, and here, while they're certainly good, the almost complete absence of Keith leaves the sound rather empty. Estimated is a perfect example. Jerry's playing is superb, but once they start the outro jam, I can't hear any piano. Maybe they turned him down so people wouldn't have to hear his repetitive, percussive, pedestrian playing as he was spiraling into his addiction (listen to him on Prelude from Europe 72 for a stark contrast). Also, I'm sure I could find at least a dozen better Lazy Lightning > Supplications, for those who have posted how great this one was (and it is well performed, just not spectacular). Check out 7/18/76 and 5/22/82 for starters.
Overall, this is a good solid show. I'll give it a generous four stars for the intensity on the simpler tunes and for the good sound.
Minglewood is also at youtube.
The entire show (minus Minglewood & US Blues!) is (or was?) available through FurthurNET. I downloaded the two missing songs from youtube and so have the entire show on video. I wasn't even a teenager yet in 1978, so seeing the video showed me an ANIMATED Jerry I never knew existed.
I haven't been able to connect to FurthurNET since about mid-July. Did the Dead (they are certainly no longer the GRATEFUL Dead ...) have their attorneys shut down FurtherNET? anyone who wants the mpg files for this show I sourced from FurtherNET should email me ... I'll arrange something. email@example.com
Subject: unmissing vocals
the audience version of the show has jerrys vocals on the opening songs
Subject: see the vid
If you go onto youtube and check for us blues the video of that song is there. Jerry actually jumps at the end I watched it and said ouloud in the office "HOLY SHIT" i miss him
Subject: Cosmic Reality
Wow what a show it brings back memories. I went to this show with my buddies from Brooklyn NY. It was great we took over the campus nice party.
jerrys screams are superb in us blues. hell yes.
Subject: Big smiles
The double climax in truckin' with Jerry pinwheelin like Pete Townshend...I got huge smiles from that. Sorry I'm reviewing the video of this show...Which is fantastic. What a band.
Subject: The Cream of '78
This is just one fine show. You will have to search '78 far and wide to find one better. Believe what the other reviewers are saying.
This show is available for download, vault remastered, at GDLive. This was originally broadcast and recorded by the Duke U. campus FM station. During a modernization project a few years later, the original tape was discovered and sent to GDP. According to the story, Phil insisted they clean it up and send it back. Now it's available for your listening pleasure.
Be sure to check out the text files. The seeder details the show like a play-by-play announcer. Prints out to about 20 pages, but quite a good read while enjoying the show.
4 stars only because of the technical problems with the vocals in the first couple of songs. Otherwise this show is a 5.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Lost In The Lights
Bobby and Phil chastise the Duke Univ mgmt for keeping the houselights up during their first six songs at an early spring Wednesday eve at the In door Stadium. "Turn off the Houselights, dummy," roars Phil. The crowd roars in return.
Were the lights left up for the gendarmes to nab evil cannabis smokers? I don't know, but I do know one thing, The GD were aflame with the light of inspiration and seem to ignite just about every thing they touch with fiery performances ~ even on first set songs usually left unkindled.
Though Jerry's vocals were missing from the house mix in the opening two it didn't stop the conflagration from erupting right from the get go. Jack, Dire, Beat it, Peggy, Mama, Mexicali, Row, Minglewood, Loser, Lazy>Supp all have their volcanic moments.
In the second set after a bristling Good Lovin Garcia is all over the place spilling out into the crowd and he gets a little jiggyy with it and a tad sloppy. But Roses is more "up" stuff even tho it starts slow. Betw Roses and Estimated there is stage to audience banter: Audience member: "Tell the one about the traveling salesman." Someone on stage shouts, "We're doing a show here" twice and then Bobby comes on to explain the reference to the "Traveling Salesman" joke, but doesn't divulge the details. Then they blast mightily into a white hot Estimated>Eyes>Drumz>Truckin.
The transition between is broken by the shrill cries of a police whistle! Ha! Pranksters! (never trust a prankster) There's a sloppy beginning to Truckin that permeates throughout the song (sounds almost like they are laughing) and bespeaks that the GD were kinda pissed that night and they took it out on the stadium ~ just looking for someone to throw down the stairs!
Then they pull it back together with all dispatch.
Zoop! Wharf Rat is a cold drenching on a hot day and then the tape (?) fades out and comes back for Around. Strange fade out.
Weir taunts the cops with his stuttering "And when the Po-Po-Police knocked." I can just see Jerry windmilling the Wolf and leaping in the air and completely giving his all with tongue-in-cheek,
upraised-middle finger. Get ye hence, Gene Simmons
Garcia, Weir, taunting azure Duke Devils "Run your life" Us Blues. Waving THAT flag right in their faces. Waving the blue, waving the red, waving Phil doing the dummed-down "Thank you and good night." ala Benny Hill saluting Hitler.
It sounds like they were ready and rested and hitting all the marks that night in Durham, and that ain't no bull. Exquisite Bertha remaster reveals the depth and glistering dazzlingness of a rally bonfire. I give this a 5 on performance and a 5 on sound. It wasn't the GD's fault. The cops were out in force, but the lights were blinding them.
Subject: You Should Check It Out
Here Is A Screenshot Of Jerry Sitting In On Drums With Billy. http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=19780412dukeuniversitynok8.jpg
And If you havent checked it out yet here is the video http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=14995 Keep Seedin'
Subject: Good for 1978
I decided to listen to this show without looking through songlist to make it more interesting. My expectations were provedÃ¢ÂÂ¦
The concert begins with a controversial Ã¢ÂÂJack StrawÃ¢ÂÂ. The intro is spectacular, then Bobby starts to sing the first verse and I canÃ¢ÂÂt believe that itÃ¢ÂÂs Donna accompanies him! Her singing is beautiful, maybe too beautiful to this song, I mean she and Bobby sing in slightly different keys. Two critical remarks: due to problems on soundboard JerÃ¢ÂÂs voice is barely hearable, and then at the end guys ardently began to climb the peak, making unusual fast and noisy (for JS) music
Ã¢ÂÂDire WolfÃ¢ÂÂ. IÃ¢ÂÂm not against absence of vocals, but when voices importunately stand out somewhere in the back it really irritates. OK, itÃ¢ÂÂs not the first show with spoiled start due to soundboard problems, letÃ¢ÂÂs move to the next track - Ã¢ÂÂBIODTLÃ¢ÂÂ. Nothing special, energetic singing of Bobby and Donna and finally I can hear JerryÃ¢ÂÂs voice. Ah, I suspect heÃ¢ÂÂs in a bad mood, his participation in song seems to be strange: only out-spirited repeat of chorus lines, which frightened me a bit.
Ã¢ÂÂPretty Peggy-OÃ¢ÂÂ is great, but having listened to it I suddenly understood that JerryÃ¢ÂÂs not in a good form (how I was mistaken!!!). His voice is tired, he sings without energy and at some moments I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt decipher the lyrics, when Garcia turns to murmuring. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the specific of the song, I guessÃ¢ÂÂ¦But music is nice. Then guys started Ã¢ÂÂMama TriedÃ¢ÂÂ and Jerry seems to wake up, but not for long time, in Ã¢ÂÂMexicali BluesÃ¢ÂÂ he again sings the chorus without fire, like itÃ¢ÂÂs a boring duty for him. Again, can say anything bad about bandÃ¢ÂÂs playing. Ã¢ÂÂRow JimmyÃ¢ÂÂ is flawless, thanks God, Garcia not only plays it on high level but also sings fine. And what an ending! (from 7.58 to the very end), itÃ¢ÂÂs the first time I hear such rhythmic insertion, and to my mind itÃ¢ÂÂs in the right place here, it adds something new to the old and well-known composition.
Ã¢ÂÂNew Minglewood BluesÃ¢ÂÂ is the highlight of the first set, and then everything goes fantastically good. Wonderful Ã¢ÂÂLoserÃ¢ÂÂ, great Ã¢ÂÂLightning > SupplicationÃ¢ÂÂ, one of the best Ã¢ÂÂGood LovinÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ. I also note the jamming in Ã¢ÂÂEstimated ProphetÃ¢ÂÂ, great job by Jerry. Perfect wah-wah, slow and melodic. Transition to Ã¢ÂÂEyesÃ¢ÂÂ is brilliant but unfortunately this version cannot be compared with jewels of 1977, intro jam is long and smooth but singing is far from ideal, Jerry decided to sing verses in a new way and it was mistake, also I donÃ¢ÂÂt like faster Ã¢ÂÂEyesÃ¢ÂÂ. Hm-m-mÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Ã¢ÂÂDrumsÃ¢ÂÂ are way too long. CouldnÃ¢ÂÂt listen to it till the end
The end of the show is near and itÃ¢ÂÂs getting harder to comment the music. I would like to stop on Ã¢ÂÂWharf RatÃ¢ÂÂ. From all versions I ever heard I consider 72/09/28 the best. This one strikes near. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not as mighty as former but the vocal is great. The difference between these two versions is in the ending solo before the last verse. DukeÃ¢ÂÂs one is more dynamic, but itÃ¢ÂÂs acceptable, and JerseyÃ¢ÂÂs is slower and more touching. And finally a one word about encore. SUPERB. Fantastic way to end the concert.
Conclusion: the mix is great, all the instruments and vocals are balanced in the proper way (donÃ¢ÂÂt know whether KeithÃ¢ÂÂs playing in the first several songs is soft, or itÃ¢ÂÂs recording issues), pair of splices deserve no attention. Concerning the band I should say the guys made a decent show. Yes, itÃ¢ÂÂs not a fantastic concert to die for, but even a strict reviewer should give it five stars
PS: I relistened to Ã¢ÂÂPeggy-OÃ¢ÂÂ. ItÃ¢ÂÂs greatÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Definitely. I should have noticed it earlier
Thank You Just Nice!!! Dire Wolf No Jerry Vocals Fixed After And Then Just Sit Back and Enjoy.sound A+++ Vocals A Because of dire wolf I only Write Reviews for The Best I am 2000 Cds into the complete collection love this show down load now
Subject: 5 stars all the way
The vocals dropping a tad in the 1st 2 tunes are the ONLY thing that kept this from being a DP, so since that little flub keeps this up on Archives, it is the element of perfection that makes this offering to us all a complete 5 star show.
The boys were on, on as in rare form, No one has mentioned the Peggy-O, the slowest sweetest version that has caressed my ears and made my heart soar with weightlessness.
Incredible all around and this is a sbd? Beautiful, crispy clear sound but the crowd is hopping with so much electricity you can hear them add their energy in all the right places!
On this spring nite in '78, the music truly played the band.
Subject: A great sounding and aggressive show
Too bad that Jerry's vocals are missing from the first two songs because otherwise this is a fine show with excellent sound and playing. The fault is not Jerry's, you can hear him bleeding through on other mikes, rather the sound guys screwed up. You can hear them trying to fix the problem by the clicks as they try other patches on the soundboard, especially if you're wearing headphones. This is very disappointing because the band are amazing. There are some excellent versions of first-set songs that usually send me running for the skip button, but not at this show. Row Jimmy for example, which I usually find boring if not moribund. This is the best version I've ever heard of this song, complete with reggae-like breakdown in the middle and real dynamic and energetic playing. Jerry and Donna's voice blend perfectly, really beautiful. In fact the first set is stellar all the way through. Loser is wonderful! Things really get rolling around Lazy Lightning and from there on: bliss. 4 stars for the missing vocals, other than that this is a great show, one of the best of '78, damn those soundmen. Jerry, Mickey and Bill are on fire! Worth the stream or if you have Audio Hijack, the recording of the stream.
Subject: Jerry is on fire
Another great show from this period, and man is jerry on fire all night long. The US blues is absolutely ridiculous, with Jerry screaming lines and the band rockin out.
A five star show reduced to four because of the fades on the second half of the show. It sounded to me like there was a fade afer drums and after wharf rat, but that could have been my internet connection. Worth the listen!
Subject: Wharf Rat
All the talk of the other songs, I have to bring up this tune as being really hot. Sometimes the band kind of faded out after the drum break and sometimes they got on a roll. There's a lot momentum in the last 4 songs.
An US Blues is definitley not another go through the motions version.
austin nyc -
Subject: born at the right time
As someone who has been seeing the Dead since 1970, till pretty much the end. 77-78 were without a doubt their golden period, some of most inspired mind blowing shows. I moved to SF in 1976 till 1983 partly to be able to see the Dead, without sleeping out overnight. Enough said the Dead don't get much better than this!
L. Rosley -
Subject: A highlight of the year
I agree that this is one of the best shows of 1978. The indication of a good show is if the first set is good. In this show, it is. The band is engaged, Jerry turns some nice licks on guitar, everyone's vocals are good, and there are some great extended jams. (There are a lot of good first sets in the '72-'77, with declining frequency after that.) First-set highlights include Peggy-o, Row Jimmy (which has a different take on rhythm midway), and Loser. Lazy Lightning has a very tight jam. Bertha is tight and interesting, with the band shifting rhythms to good effect. (Bill and Micky get the credit here, much as they get they blame for some of the leaden Bertha's of 1977.)
The second set has great jams, but has weak spots. The vocals are off in places in Truckin', and Drums is too long for my taste. Wharf Rat fades out when things are getting hot. Overall, the show is about a 4.6.
gratefuly deadicated -
Subject: TO GET THE SOUNDBOARDS !!!
OK TO ALL !!! ALL YOU HAVE TO GET THESE SOUNDBOARDS IS HOOK UP YOUR RADIO/TAPE DECK TO YOUR COMPUTER AND RECORD THE SHOW WHILE ITS PLAYING !!ALL YOU NEED TO DO THIS IS A MIC TO AUDIO CABLE OR A HEADPHONE TO AUDIO CABLE. EASY AS CAN BE !! THEN YOU CAN GET A PROGRAM TO RECORD THE PLAYBACK OF THE TAPE THROUGH YOUR MIC INPUT ON YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN YOU CAN SPLIT THE SONGS YOURSELF AND THEN BURN THEM TO A CD!! HAHA I SUGGEST SOUND FORGE 7.0 OR LOWER TO DO THIS, IF YOU NEED THE PROGRAM CONTACT ME AND I'LL GET IT TO YOU !!!
THIS IS STILL BETTER THAN THE OLD DAYS WHEN YOU COULDN'T EVEN FIND TAPERS OR ANYONE WITH TAPES, SPREAD THE WORD !!! SEEMS TO ME THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING A LITTLE SPOILED AROUND HERE, FORGOTTON ABOUT THERE ROOTS !!!
Subject: Jerry's Windmills & Drum Playing
This show was great & even better if you see the video. Duke's collegiate cable station filmed this & it's a great production for the time. They used a few different angles but as mentioned it is only b/w. Jerry doing windmills? Anyone who sees that laughs with glee. How many have seen Jerry playing drums? He ignored Mickey who was reaching over Jerry's shoulder to give him a hint that he'd like to play on his set. It has been mentioned how the stadium had lots of wood paneling but much of that was from renovations after '71, though it still sounds pretty warm. When they played Duke, it was usually the opening of spring tour on the east coast & there's some great energy from the crowd. Jerry was on fire this night & the band was synched up with him.
JaMmM On -
Subject: jerry slacking on the vocals?
nobody has addressed the fact that you can't hear jerry at all, on jack straw, and on dire wolf... what's going on? the music is loud, but i can't hear any vocals... nobody else has addressed that...
Subject: Holy Sheeeeyat is right
People are really jockin' the "U.S. Blues" in this show, but I was reviewing it solely for the "New Minglewood Blues," which is BY FAR the absolute best version of this song out there, even better than the 9.16.78 version from the Pyramids.
I judge a good Grateful Dead song partly by the 'flashback effect,' or how quickly it evokes memories of past shows.
I also have several characterizations for the Dead's sound, ranging from "a rotating geometric shape continually flashing colors" to "bumping down the universe in a Space Cadillac," and this "Minglewood" definitely falls into the latter category.
From the opening chord, everyone's on a mission, evidenced by the hyperspeed backbeat, and when Jerry tears into his first solo, you can just tell that it's ON.
Post-'77, the Standards Setlist Formula was in fairly full effect (I challenge you to find a first set that doesn't have some permutation of "Mama Tried/Mexicali/Me & My Uncle/Big River" in it), but this is a relatively standard set jammed completely into outer space... good stuff...
VA slim -
Subject: HOLEEE SHEE-ATT.
all i listened to was the US blues...
i'm scared to even check out the rest of the show.
some serious crack in the encore...wow.
i don't like to call "best of" versions of songs, but, -damn. top shelf stuff.
EDIT: wow, after calming down enough to listen to the entire show, this one is a classic in my books. tremendous energy from everyone here, esp. jerry. Intense 2nd set>enc.!!
hell, listen to the death curdling scream donna lets out in Around to get an idea of how hot they were playing___she just could'nt contain herself-HA!
anyway, i def. upgraded my rating to a 5--no doubts.
sound quality= A++, 4.85
performance= A+. 4.75
Subject: He's Uncle Sam
A U.S. Blues for the ages.
"I'm gonna steal, your WIFE!"
(A "4" for the SBD recording, but if 2-3 and 2-5 are "5," and 2-1 a "4," this one gets a 3. But some fine playing).
Subject: us blues????
Are you serious its ridiculous- by far tyhe best us blues ive ever heard in my opinion!!!!!!!
Subject: Mickey and Billy drummin 4TW
love the heavy duty beats on Bertha, even tho it's real sloppy. Aint that why we all love the GD? they had no fear.
Loser kicks ass, Row Jimmy is perfect, truly a joyful concert
LL>Supp (among several other tunes) is utterly ferocious! Incidentally, if you happen to own a copy of the Compendium, Vol II, check out the goofy synopsis of this show. The reviewer cites this show as "a tape for completists only"...???
capn doubledose -
Subject: Kicks ass
This is a hot show - I agree the best Row Jimmy, hot Minglewood and an absolutely immortal Lazy Lightning>Supplication. Few sound glitches in the beginning and then this whopper starts blowing fire through the pipes.... Have heard a crummy audience and this copy is as good as you will get on this whole site. Bravo and thanks LMA!
If you can get past the first two tunes without Jerry's vocals (????) this show is one of the best I have heard. It is played with the utmost intensity and the boys are right on!
Capt. Cook -
Subject: Home Run!!
Without question the finest Row Jimmy ever. My lord, Jerry just does not stop reaching for new heights during his solo. Great singing by all!! Jack Straw is also amazing. The sound is very clear and loud, without booming or distortion. The keyboards sound great. What a show! Download now. This whole spring 78 run is tremendous!!!
Such a sweet show! Beautiful melodies, gives me the tingles!!! The vocals fade out for most of Dire Wolf, but the instrumental part is killer, so it's not that big of a deal. Awesome set-list, definately worth checking out!
Subject: Truckin smokes...b/w film proves the insanity.
I first heard of this show when I received a (pretty bad) version of this on the b/w reel>VHS that the other reviewer below is referring to. During the peak of the Truckin' jam, Jerry is doing Pete Townshend windmills. Unbelievable show. Does anyone ou there have a better copy of this on VHS? Mine has drop-outs and has been copied numerous times, unless the original reel footage is damaged to begin with...
Bertha Remaster is excellent...5 stars all the way around.
Subject: I had a hunch
I live in Raleigh and when I found this show I thought about how small and tight the venue is for an arena. It also has wood paneling all over the place and I had a gut feeling that this would make for good acoustics. Man was I right. This show sounds awesome! No real highlights come to mind immediately, but there's something about this show that made me instantly fall in love with it. Just an absolute joy to listen to the whole way through.
Subject: Duke NC
Possibly the best show from 78. The second set is unparalleled. Jerry cannot play hard enough. The best Truckin and US Blues of all time. Top five Eyes,Bertha Wharf Rat too. There is a great little film of this show out there somewhere. A student at Duke at the time filmed the concert. Jerry and Ramrod on drums
This is a MUST Have!!